We’d like to introduce you to the team at ALTA Fitness, we specialise in Personal Training, Rehabilitation, Coaching and Small Group Sessions. We are all passionate about keeping fit but that is only one aspect of our health and wellbeing so eating well, getting good sleep and keeping a balanced life is also some of things we share and help you with at ALTA Fitness.
Jean-Claude Legras or more well know as JC is our owner and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer. JC since 1993 has been a Strength & Conditioning Coach working with sports professionals to Personal Training individuals. JC in his younger years ski raced both downhill and cross country as well as a stint with a professional road bike team in Europe. Later he was a professional ski instructor as well as skiing in the US and is the former Strength & Conditioning Coach for Australia’s Cross Country Ski team. “These days I love to still ride, run, ski and really do anything adventurous whenever I can. Lately, I have ridden a 65km Mountain Bike race, a 135km road ride, running a trail run series and most Saturdays I run the 5km Park Run at Studley Park.” But JC’s passion for fitness doesn’t stop there, he has a real interest in helping people with rehabilitation be it a result of a sporting injury, operation or prehab he will help get you into better health. It is not unusual to receive referrals from Doctors, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors who JC works closely with to ensure you gain the best outcomes for our clients.
Linda Terlikar-Legras – JC and I are partners in the business and life with our teenage twins. My background has been in Corporate Marketing but I love exercising including running, swimming, cycling – MTB as well as road and skiing – so making the change to the Fitness Industry was a natural move. I like that I am able to contribute to our community in a very positive way by helping people with their health and well being and more recently I have moved into focusing on women’s health including pre and post natal, pelvic floor strength and pre and post menopausal – frankly women are different – we are not small men! In saying that keeping active is only part of the story in health and alongside JC we delve into other factors such as nutrition, sleep, stress and more to help our clients achieve their goals. I’m also in the background making sure things are running smoothly. Personal Training has for me, made me stronger, I have greater flexibility, speed and endurance that have led me to compete in some fun adventures including a 30km Cross Country Ski Race in Sweden, cycling events up Mt Buffalo but importantly it means I can be active with my children. Sometimes I feel my life has only just begun!
As my desire to help more women in their 40’s, 50’s & beyond with their changing bodies during perimenopause and menopause, I am now a Professional Certified Health & Wellness Coach. Helping women to build on healthy, life long habits. I’m also proudly an EVEolution™ Partner helping educate women through the various stages of their lives – click here to learn more about EVEolution™ and how I am helping women exercise safely no matter their stage in life. Writing articles is also a passion and recently I was invited to write for Brainz Magazine as an executive contributor – click here to read more.
Estelle O’Keeffe – Estelle’s extensive background in dance both nationally and internationally paired with her passion for fitness, health and wellbeing is why she love’s being a PT. With a Bachelor of Public Health & Health Promotion it has allowed her to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how significant it is to be active and a supportive role model within your community. As a professional dancer and having been involved in competitive sports, she knows the importance of a balanced physical and healthy lifestyle. Estelle is super keen to get moving and to help ALTA’s clients be the best they can be.
Alex Steele – Alex is a hard working driven individual who will support you on your fitness journey. He was a chef by trade and owned his own restaurant from the age of 19. After 10 successful years he left the UK to explore the world settling in Melbourne at the end of 2021. From a young boy Alex has always been active and passionate about fitness with many interests along the way from skiing, running, hiking, climbing, swimming and bodybuilding to name a few. Alex arrived in Melbourne with the drive to change career in order to help people find the importance and joy in training. He has completed his certification 3 in fitness and is studying certification 4 in Personal training. His passion to help others stems from his kind and caring heart and wanting those around him to succeed. He enjoys working with all individuals – no matter what age or where they are in their fitness journey and whatever their goals are. The science is pretty clear, resistance training and cardiovascular training is the key to longevity. When it boils down to it almost everyone’s biggest goal is not only to maximise the the years we have but to improve the quality of those years. Alex can help you in that pursuit and any challenges you find along the way.
Darcey Newton – I’m Darcey and I am currently studying to become a physiotherapist. I became interested in physiotherapy being a dancer and training full time at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School on a state scholarship. I saw a lot of physios during this time and felt passionate about helping people the way they were able to help me. One of my favourite quotes is from Dr. Robert Butler as he says ‘If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation’. I’m interested in expanding my knowledge about exercise prescription and helping people to fulfil their goals through physical activity.
We invite you to visit our studio and experience for yourself what it will be like to be part of ALTA Fitness.